The Secretary of the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem announced this in a press conference in Uyo on Thursday.
Ekuwem, who is also chairman of the state’s COVID-19 committee, said the number of cases rose from five to 156 while three deaths have been recorded.
He said the global COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world since it first occurred in 2019, but the first case was diagnosed on April 1, 2020. in Akwa Ibom.
“Since then, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, has taken proactive measures to contain the spread of the virus. In the past two weeks, cases of COVID-19 within the state have increased from five to 156.
“That increase if you look at the new Delta variant of the virus that has now become known in isolation in Nigeria , calls for a renewal of our joint efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus infection in our state, “said Ekuwem.
He urged state residents to follow all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols .
Ekuwem said that all COVID-19 monitoring mechanisms have been reactivated to ensure strict compliance with guidelines and protocols and to assist the state in combating the new wave.
“The state government also advised citizens to ensure that social distancing in tricycles and minibuses and the wearing of face masks are strictly observed. Services should not take longer than an hour.
“ Hotel s, sit-outs, clubs, schools, transport companies, supermarkets, banks, pharmaceuticals All companies should ensure compliance with all COVID-19 prevention measures in their facilities.
“Report any suspicious symptoms such as fever, cough , Breathing difficulties and body aches and pains and weaknesses at the nearest COVID-19 facility or use the following hotlines 08000275664, 08189411111, “said the SSG.